Spring brings blos­som time to land­scape

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - With Richard Hole

IT’S al­ways a re­lief when the first hints of spring ap­pear in the gar­den.

The nights are still cool and will be for some time yet but as the days slowly get longer the soil tem­per­a­ture will be­gin to climb.

All the flow­ers at this time re­ally give a wel­come boost to the land­scape.

Flow­er­ing trees are an ex­cel­lent ad­di­tion to any gar­den, re­gard­less of size or style.

There is such a large se­lec­tion of dif­fer­ent blos­som­ing trees avail­able to Tas­ma­nian gar­den­ers, it would be hard not to find a favourite.

Na­tive plant lovers should be look­ing at the wat­tle (Aca­cia) fam­ily for in­spi­ra­tion.

Trees such as the pur­ple Coota­mundra wat­tle (Aca­cia bai­leyana pupurea) and the hardy black­wood (Aca­cia melanoxy­lon) put on daz­zling spring shows of colour and re­quire lit­tle in the way of care.

Those who pre­fer ex­otic trees should con­sider de­cid­u­ous mag­no­lias. The large, goblet-shaped flow­ers can be found in hues from white through to deep bur­gundy.

Mag­no­lia “Felix” and Mag­no­lia “Bur­gundy Star” are lovely va­ri­eties.

Even those with the small­est gar­dens can still get in on the act.

Grafted weep­ing cher­ries are ideal for these sit­u­a­tions, as they are not large trees and their root sys­tems are un­likely to cause dam­age to nearby build­ings or path­ways.

Weep­ing cher­ries can be pur­chased eas­ily, with white or pink flow­ers in a range of sizes.

Be sure to stake any newly planted grafted trees for at least the first grow­ing sea­son, as they can be sus­cep­ti­ble to wind dam­age while young.

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